News: Manchester in Flower

UK's first urban garden festival

 Today marks the arrival of Manchester’s first Dig the City festival, the UK’s first urban garden festival and home to the North West’s largest flower festival hosted by Manchester Cathedral.

The festival, organised by Manchester Cathedral, Groundwork and the city council, is set to include exciting events and impressive displays all around the city in areas such as Exchange Square, Cathedral Gardens, the National Football Museum and the recently pedestrianized Victoria Street.

 Many exciting attractions

 Present within these locations will be public jubilee and Olympic themed garden displays, the majority of which are free to enjoy.

 Don’t miss the spectacular life size topiary sporting figures or the Mad Hatter’s tea party at the Corn Exchange.

The biggest attraction within the festival will be Manchester Cathedral’s stunning flower festival including over 30,000 flowers depicting themes of music through the ages and the diamond jubilee designed by award winning flower arranges. Tickets start at 8 and children can enjoy the festival for free if accompanied by an adult. Guests can make a day of it with breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea packages provided by Harvey Nichols at the diamond jubilee marquee.

Get the whole community involved

Dig the City 2012 is the first of an annual event which will aim to bring people to Manchester in celebration of horticulture and to raise awareness for important community development projects. Many projects, such as the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom, are being showcased, and the money raised at the flower festival will contribute to the Manchester Cathedral development project.

As a company based in Manchester since 1933, we’re happy to see a celebration of summer colour in our great city. It’s fantastic to see such great enthusiasm here in Manchester and we’re especially delighted to hear that this will become a regular annual event.

The event will run until Sunday with music, hospitality and garden markets taking over the city. There will even be related activities for the kids at the Manchester Arndale centre. With so much going on the festival is well worth a visit particularly with the great weather forecast we have. As fellow garden enthusiasts we suggest you take a day this week to enjoy it.

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